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November 1, 2011: General News

Progress Report on University's Strategic Plan

The Planning & Institutional Effectiveness Office is pleased to share a progress report on the first year of our strategic plan for 2010-2015: Go and Set the World on Fire. This plan outlines broad goals related to the areas of cura personalis, magis, and rei solicitudo (stewardship), principles that continue to shape and guide Jesuit higher education. Much of the work of the plan is coordinated by the University’s tactical plans, and supported by other evaluative and developmental components of our planning & institutional effectiveness model. To view the report, click here. To visit the strategic plan website, click here.

String Orchestra to Perform Friday

The University of Scranton String Orchestra will perform "In Concert" on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free. The program includes music by Mendelssohn, Ewazen, Lauridsen, Mozart and more!

Co-author of ‘Why Nations Fail’ to Speak Nov. 9

The co-author of “Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity,” Daron Acemoglu, Ph.D., will address that topic at the Henry George Lecture at The University of Scranton on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. To read the entire release, click here.

Award-winning Journalist to Speak at Scranton’s Diversity Fair

John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC’s “Primetime,” will present the keynote speech as part of The University of Scranton’s fourth annual Diversity Fair on Thursday, Nov. 3. His lecture – titled “What Would You Do?” – will take place at 7 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. (To view the full schedule for the University's Diversity Fair, held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3, click here.) To read the entire release about speaker John Quiñones, click here.

Scranton Joins Jesuit Institutions to Learn, Pray and Advocate for Justice

The University will join more than 1,000 students, teachers, parish members, and others passionate about faith-inspired social justice who will gather in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 12-14, 2011, for the 14th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. To read the entire release, click here.

Ranger Challenge Team Participates in Competition

On Oct. 21, 10 members of the Royal Warrior Battalion Ranger Team, along with the Military Science Department’s Senior Military Instructor, Master Sergeant Alexander Ortega, and the Professor of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley, departed for Camp Smith, N.Y., for the annual 2nd ROTC Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition. After several informational briefings Friday evening, as well as last-minute checks of gear and team strategizing, the competition kicked off in the early morning darkness on Saturday. To read the entire release, click here.

Film Festival Exposes Rebellion Behind Iron Curtain

An East German Film Festival at The University of Scranton will give local audiences a rare glimpse into life in the German Democratic Republic before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This year’s festival features three films from a series titled “Rebels with a Cause,” which was screened in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

In its fifth year, the festival, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall on Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. All films will be shown with English subtitles. To view the full release, click here.

Educational Fair on Feminism Nov. 8

FEMINISM: BELIEVE IT OR NOT. A fun, interactive educational fair on feminism will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the DeNaples Center's ballroom (room 407 A/B). There will be raffle prizes. Proof of attendance for faculty wishing to count for extra credit. The event is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Department of Latin American Studies and Women's Studies; created and hosted by students enrolled in PHIL 218: Feminism: Theory and Practice. For more information, contact Sharon Meagher, Ph.D., director of Women's Studies and chair of Department of Latin American Studies, at 941-4075 or

Blessing of the Books Project Returns

The Panuska College of Professional Studies is collecting new or gently used children's books for its annual Blessing of the Books Project. Donation boxes are located in McGurrin, Leahy, Hyland, O'Hara, Brennan, St. Thomas, Long Center, Weinberg Memorial Library, DeNaples Center and the Loyola Science Center. Please join us for the Blessing of the Books ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of McGurrin Hall. For more information, visit

Jewish POW in Nazi Germany to Lecture Nov. 10

The experiences of a Jewish-American prisoner of war in Nazi Germany during World War II will be the topic of a lecture by Robert R. Max, a slave laborer who escaped from his captors, earned several prestigious medals, and became a community and business leader in northern New Jersey.

The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute of The University of Scranton will present “From American Soldier to Nazi Slave Laborer” at The University of Scranton on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 509 of Brennan Hall on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. To read the full release, click here.

Feast of All Saints Liturgy Schedule

The University has released its Feast of All Saints Liturgy Schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 1. There will be Masses at 12:05 and 4:40 p.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Please join us! For more information, contact the Office of University Ministries at 941-4179.

Mass of Remembrance Set for Nov. 10

On Thursday, Nov. 10, a Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 4:40 p.m. Please join us as we remember in prayer the deceased family members, friends and loved ones of the students, faculty and staff of The University of Scranton.
As part of the Nov. 10 Mass, there will be a ritual reading of the names of those who have died since this time last year. If you have lost a loved one during the past year and would like their name included during the Mass, please email Amy Hoegen at and include your name, the name of the deceased and your relationship to them, as well as if you plan on attending the Mass of Remembrance. Please contact University Ministries at 570-941-7419 with any additional questions.

SIFE Hosts Successful October Events

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) wore pink and rallied on the Dionne Campus Green on Oct. 6 to promote breast cancer awareness. SIFE gave out pink cupcakes and informational material to educate an untapped audience – college students – about the importance of early detection. SIFE also presented a $1,075 check, raised through donations, to the Susan G. Komen-For the Cure Foundation. Dolly Woody, executive director of KOMEN-NEPA, accepted the check on behalf of the organization.

On Oct. 27, SIFE and the Small Business Development Center hosted the Youth Leadership Series. At the workshop, 38 seventh- and eighth-grade students participated in hands-on activities that focused on leadership, team-building and problem solving. SIFE and SBDC will also host the Youth Entrepreneurship Series on Tuesday, Nov. 1. This workshop will teach 9-11th graders from Forest City Regional High School how to start their own businesses. The students will learn how to create mission statements, business plans, marketing campaigns and advertisements.

For more information, contact Francesca Marzullo at


The University of Scranton Students in Free Enterprise presented a $1,075 check, raised from donations and fundraising initiatives, to Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. SIFE and University students wore pink and rallied to raise awareness about early detection at the “Thinking Pink Rally” on Thursday, Oct. 6. Pictured (from left) are: John McMenamin ’12 “Thinking Pink” project manager, Dolly Woody, executive director of Susan G. Komen - Northeastern Pennsylvania; and Holli Bott ’13, “Thinking Pink” project manager. Photo credit: Jessica Talarick ’12.

IT Matters Fall 2011 Edition Released

The newest edition of IT Matters, a newsletter focused on the developments and activities of the Information Resources Division is now available. With rapid changes, we realize that there is a need to create an ongoing method of keeping our community up to date. IT Matters will provide our faculty, staff and students with information on current applications, planned changes to technologies and new initiatives. The fall edition can be found at or

Adopt an Angel/Giving Tree Programs

It’s that time again! The Community Outreach Office will be sponsoring its annual Adopt an Angel and Giving Tree programs for the holidays. Since our semester ends so early this year, gifts are all due back to our office on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Makre sure ot shop over Thanksgiving break!

Here’s how it works

ADOPT AN ANGEL: Purchase toys and clothing for a child in need from our local community. Names, sizes and wishes are provided. Spend about $100. Gifts are due, unwrapped, to the Community Outreach Office by Wednesday, Dec. 7. Please include a roll of wrapping paper and tape. Be sure to include batteries if your items require them. Put the child’s name and assigned number on each item please.

GIVING TREE: Our tree will be on the second floor of the DeNaples Center by Friday, Nov. 11. Take an ornament for a boy or girl, age 0-teens, and purchase a gift of your choice for a value of about $25. Return, unwrapped, to the Community Outreach Office, by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Contact Ellen Judge at by Monday, Nov. 28, to have your angel info sent to you by e-mail! If you are also interested in helping us deliver gifts, please email Delivery dates TBA but will most likely be finals week.

This year, most of our children are from area Headstart preschool programs. They must meet federal poverty standards to attend this program. A family of four can make no more than $22,350. Other programs that will benefit from our holiday programs are Friends of the Poor, United Neighborhood Centers and area group foster homes.

Library Game Night Set for Nov. 7

The library will be hosting a game night on Monday, Nov. 7,  from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Heritage Room. There will be plenty of fun games to play including Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Rockband, Wii Fit and more! Refreshments and snacks will be served. There will also be a chance to win an Amazon gift card! So come take a break from studying and join the fun! Students, staff and faculty are all welcome to attend.

Flu Clinic Set for Monday, Nov. 7

There will be a flu clinic set for Monday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wellness Center. No appointment is needed, but Royal ID is required. It is available to students, staff and faculty. The cost is $20 (check, cash or Royal Card).

League of Women Voters Announces Upcoming Debates

The League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County (LWVLC), the Political Science Department, College Democrats and College Republicans will host a debate with candidates for Lackawanna County Commissioner on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. Corey O’Brien (D), Jim Wansacz (D), William Jones (R) and Patrick O’Malley (R) will participate. Voters will choose two on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and the top three vote getters will take office in January.
The league is pleased to announce our new Online Voter Guide available at and through This new service is provided free of charge to candidates through a collaboration with LWVUS and our local League of Women Voters.  Included in the inaugural guide are all candidates for Lackawanna County offices and for Scranton City races where more than one candidate will appear on the ballot.
Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information. An important component of is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.

Players Present "The Clean House"

The University of Scranton Players will present "The Clean House," by Sarah Ruhl, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in the McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts. The production features Sarah Neitz as Lane; Vanessa Revlas as Matilde; Catherine Fischer as Virginia; Camille Reinecke as Ana; and Joe McGurl as Charles. McGurl, Reinecke, as well as Jim Shygelski (stage manager) and Bernadette Mick (assistant stage manager) are from the greater Scranton area.

Tickets are available by reservation, or may be purchased at the box office located on the first floor of the McDade Center, next to the Royal Theater, at any time on the night of the performance. For more information about the University Players or "The Clean House," contact the Players Box Office at 570-941-4318, email or visit 

Memorial Run/Walk Scheduled in November

The inaugural Christine Federico Ambrose Memorial "Sea You at the Beach" 5K run, 2.5K walk and kids fun run is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 a.m. in West Chester. Christine was the sister of Peter Federico '91, Celeste Federico Mattson '95 and Taryn Federico Jones '93. For more information on how to register, click here for the promotional flyer.

Upcoming Community Events

Check out this week’s downtown and Scranton area events posted on the Community Relations website. Don’t miss First Friday in downtown Scranton this Friday, Nov. 4, featuring Men and Women for Octaves, the Royale Harmony Singers and the Hope Horn Gallery’s “Sherwin Series” exhibit.  You can also like us on Facebook to stay up to date with Scranton happenings. If you have any questions, please contact or 941-4419. 

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